About William Shenstone:
William Shenstone was an English poet and one of the earliest practitioners of landscape gardening through the development of his estate, The Leasowes.
Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.
The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.
Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.
Every single instance of a friend's insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money.
Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it.
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
A man has generally the good or ill qualities, which he attributes to mankind.
Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true.
Hope is a flatterer, but the most upright of all parasites; for she frequents the poor man's hut, as well as the palace of his superior.
Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.
The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate.
Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite, that you often diminish the one as you increase the other. Variety is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former.
A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
His knowledge of books had in some degree diminished his knowledge of the world.
The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.
A fool and his words are soon parted.
Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.
What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim.
Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.